This full-day workshop will have a creative, generative character. It will refrain from using a standard workshop setup of presentations and discussions. Instead, sharing best practices, brainstorms and adjusting techniques will be at the core of all activities.

The workshop will consist of four parts:

1. Introduction

Participants introduce themselves based on the workshop cards they prepared, and talk about their role in the projects, making use of the ‘workshop cards’ (see participate for more information on the cards). The goal of this part is mainly to get to know each other and to create an informal atmosphere to share best practices and common problems.

2. Technique mapping

In small groups, participants discuss their experiences. Each person in the group discusses one of their workshop cards in detail, after which the group thinks about how the technique on the card could be adapted and applied to another target group (preferably a target group one of the other participants in the group has worked with). More specifically, they discuss which elements of the technique they would keep, change, add or delete for the other target group. When all group members have discussed one of their workshop cards, the group formulates six ‘take home messages’ based on their discussion.

3. Critique

The groups critically review the other groups’ take home messages (cf. design critique) by indicating and explaining elements they fully agree with, elements they would adjust, and elements they don’t agree with at all.

4. General discussion

In a final plenary session, the storytellers share the critiques they received on their groups’ take home messages. A discussion is held to identify commonalities and differences between the take home messages, and to extract general principles for doing participatory design for persons with impairments. Also, key research questions that arose during the course of the workshop will be identified..

As a follow-up activity of the workshop, the participants will launch a call for papers for a special issue of the journal CoDesign on the topic of the workshop.


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